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Happy Birthday, Nate Nelson and Bobbie Smith

This Day in Music lists more than 20 musical personalities born on this day — including three each in 1947 and 1950 alone.

Two are here: Nate Nelson of The Flamingos, who sing I Only Have Eyes for You (above)  and Bobbie Smith of The Detroit Spinners (later the Spinners), who sing Working My Way Back to You (below). Nelson was born in 1932 and Nelson four years later.

I confess that I am not entirely confident of which of the singers are Nelson and Smith in the clips, though I am pretty sure both are singing lead. It is the thought that counts, I guess… Anyone who could help me out, please do.

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--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.